Metal Wani’s Fernando Bonenfant conducted an interview with ICED EARTH founder, chief songwriter, and guitarist Jon Schaffer before the band’s December 6 concert at Electric Brixton in London, England.
On ICED EARTH’s upcoming studio album, originally titled “The Judas Goat”:
Schaffer: “Well, actually, [‘The Judas Goat’] was a working title, and we canned that. So the album is gonna be called ‘Incorruptible’. It’s going to be out in May next year. We haven’t spent really a year on the record. I bought a couple of buildings and turned it into the headquarters for the band, so that was a major amount of construction work to do, and build our own studio. So that’s the headquarters now. And, really, only for the last four months have we been focusing on the album, on pre-production, the final arrangements and songwriting and everything. And now when we go back in January and we start master tracking, it will only take about five or six weeks to get the album finished. The way I work, the pre-production is where most of the time is spent so that we know exactly what we’re gonna do when we get into master tracking and we just go for the best takes we can get at that point. So that’s really where the bulk of the time was spent — on building the headquarters, building the studio, and then going in and doing the pre-production. So we’re a little bit late, but it’s gonna be worth it.”